Arcane Mage Spec for Patch 4.0.1
Since I consider Mage to be my number one alt and one of my favorite classes to play, I decided to follow up my Protection Paladin 4.0.1 post with an Arcane Mage blog post.
Currently, I raid as an Arcane Mage which has proven to most the most widely used PvE spec during Wrath of the Lich King. This guide will help you to maintain your Arcane spec while simply updating it for patch 4.0.1.
Going forward to Patch 4.0.3 and Cataclysm however, I am excited for the opportunity to try Frost and Fire Mage specs in PvE and in Raid content. I will look further into those Mage specs in further blog posts.
Let’s take a look my PvE Arcane Mage specs for 4.0.1.
A lot of the talents in the Arcane tree are pretty obvious choices and should be taken. The following three talents can be taken at your discretion based on play style and raid needs/encounter needs.
Improved Arcane Explosion
Fire & Frost Trees:
Master of Elements – The only fire talent worth taking at level 80. Helps you save on mana.
Piercing Ice – The must have Frost talent. It gives increased critical strike chance–enough said.
Thanks to commenter Michael, UK for his thoughts on gemming. I’ve decided to include them in the updated version of this post now.
Get rid of all spirit gems, not needed anymore. Replace the Purified Dreadstones with Veiled Dreadstones. Replace your spirit leg enchant with Sapphire Spellthread.
- Red Socket: +20 Intellect
- Orange Socket: +10 Intellect / +10 Haste
- Purple Socket: +10 Intellect / +10 hit